County Road I/Rice Creek Parkway Roundabout
Ramsey County is working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the cities of Arden Hills and Shoreview to construct improvements on County Road I near Rice Creek Parkway and Old Highway 8. These improvements include a roundabout, trail access, raised medians, new road shoulders and a new roadway. This work will take place in two phases. The first phase will begin in June and be completed in August. Phase 2 will begin in September and be completed in 2017.
Construction of the Phase 1 improvements will begin on Monday, June 26. The northbound I-35W ramps to and from County Road I will be closed starting the morning of Monday, June 26. The ramp from I-35W northbound to County Road I will reopen in September at the completion of Phase 1. The ramp onto I-35W northbound from County Road I will remain closed permanently. Traffic on County Road I will remain open with one lane of traffic in each direction.
The construction will accommodate anticipated traffic growth related to the Rice Creek Commons development. Construction is underway to enhance safety and access to the developing Rice Creek Commons. A roundabout intersection will replace the ramp from I-35W southbound, Rice Creek Parkway, and Old Highway 8. Roundabouts can accommodate a variety of roadway configurations and have been proven to increase safety and reduce delays. For more information on the benefits of roundabouts and how to navigate them, check out MnDOT’s roundabout website.
The improvements, including the removal of the on-ramp loop on County Road I to northbound I-35W, are being coordinated with MnDOT’s I-35W Managed Lanes project.
From County Road I to northbound I-35W: Travel north on Rice Creek Parkway to County Road J/85th Avenue NE. At County Road J turn left and travel westbound to Airport Road. At Airport Road take a right and continue onto the U.S. Highway 10 eastbound on-ramp. Travel U.S. Highway 10 eastbound to the I-35W northbound exit. The turn for the exit is from the left lane.
From northbound I-35W to County Road I: Exit northbound I-35W at County Road 10/Mounds View Boulevard. Take County Road 10/Mounds View Boulevard north to County Road I.